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Look up a VIN report before buying a used car

Look up a VIN report before buying a used car
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Have you ever bought a used car only to find out later that it was a lemon? In many cases, if you didn't receive a warranty with the purchase and the vehicle has tons of mechanical problems, you're simply out of luck. Paying for those repairs falls squarely on the new owner's shoulders.

That's why companies like CARFAX were developed. It is a web-based service that supplies vehicle history reports to businesses and people looking to buy cars.

All you need to do is run a search on the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to get a full report on the vehicle's history. You will find out important information like if the car has a salvage/junk title or if it's been in any accidents with major damage.

The problem is, most companies that perform VIN searches cost you money. It can cost nearly $40 to get a report for just one vehicle. This can really add up if you end up looking at multiple vehicles. Don't worry, we've found a no-cost alternative for you to use.

I'm talking about the site vehiclehistory.com.

It's an online service that allows you to efficiently pull up a vehicle's history using the VIN. The best part is that it's free to use.

The site's mission statement is, "To be the no cost, one-stop shop for automotive shopping research, from the moment that the consumer is thinking about buying to the moment they are ready to transact."

When you're researching for a car purchase, instead of visiting multiple sites, start with vehiclehistory.com. In only a few clicks you'll find the most relevant information that you need.

The site can provide data including a vehicle's fuel economy, cost to own, selling history and predictions on the best time to purchase a particular make and model. It may also be able to inform you whether the car you're looking at has been involved in an accident.

It even has information on new vehicles. You'll learn what standard features are included along with vehicle specifications and pricing.

To get started on the site, click the link we've provided below inside the blue box. You'll find the type of information you need to make the right purchasing decisions.

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